Made for avid collectors of one of the auto world’s most esteemed marques, Aston Martin has unveiled the Vanquish Zagato Volante, a soft top addition to its latest, limited edition collaboration with prestigious Italian design house Zagato.
Limited to just 99 cars at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, England, this sexy soft top is the latest creation from a collaboration that reaches back over nearly six decades, beginning with the beautifully muscular DB4 GT Zagato race car of 1960 and which includes the DB7 Vantage Zagato of 2002, 2011’s V12 Vantage Zagato and most recently the Vanquish Zagato Coupe, announced earlier this year.
Aston Martin is no stranger to topless models. Previous Aston Martin Zagato convertibles have included the striking V8 Vantage Volante, first shown in Geneva in 1987 and the DB AR1 in 2003. Developed as an open-topped Zagato-bodied DB7 and limited to 99 units, the DB AR1 was similarly designed for the North American market and is considered today an established collectible by automotive connoisseurs worldwide.
The Vanquish Zagato Volante will be a powerful addition to the Aston Martin Zagato lineage, embodying Aston Martin’s inherent refinement and capabilities, as well as Zagato’s characteristic design details, wrapped around an enhanced version of Aston Martin’s iconic V12 powertrain, increasing its output to 592bhp with a projected 0-60mph time of 3.7 seconds. The Vanquish Zagato Volante shares its proportions with the Coupe, a quintessential Aston Martin form with a classic Zagato twist, evoked by round tail light reflectors that use the same ‘bladed’ LED technology as the Aston Martin Vulcan supercar. The twin cowls on the rear deck blend into the leading edge of the luggage compartment, concealing a bespoke folding hood derived from the mechanism used in the Vanquish Volante. Carbon fiber sills around the lower body create a pronounced horizontal emphasis that runs from front to rear.
Inside, the Vanquish Zagato Volante continues the fine tradition of Aston Martin craftsmanship. The cockpit is finished with herringbone carbon-fibre, anodized bronze detailing and the finest Bridge of Weir leather, while the unique signature ‘Z’ quilt pattern stitch can be found on both seat and door sections, and the celebrated trademark Zagato ‘Z’ is embossed on the headrests and stitched into the centre console. www.astonmartin.com